[ ur-suh -mey-jer ]
/ ˈɜr sə ˈmeɪ dʒər /
noun, genitive Ur·sae Ma·jor·is [ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-]. /ˈɜr si məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/. Astronomy.
the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
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Origin of Ursa Major
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Words nearby Ursa Major
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British Dictionary definitions for Ursa Major
/ (ˈɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə) /
noun Latin genitive Ursae Majoris (ˈɜːsiː məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa MinorAlso called: the Great Bear, the Bear
Word Origin for Ursa Major
Latin: greater bear
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Scientific definitions for Ursa Major
[ ûr′sə ]
A constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Draco and Leo. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
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Cultural definitions for Ursa Major
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